We booked through our hostel a day cruise on the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo. This is the best way to appreciate the amazing karst mountains. We paid 130 yuan for transportation to the begging of the cruise, two hours of cruise on the Li River to Xingping, and from there 45 minutes transportation to Yangshuo. The price included a nice English speaking guide.
After eating lunch at Yangshuo we took another trip with the same guide for 150 yuan per person, including driving from Yangshuo to the Dragon Bridge, bamboo boat in the Yulong river and cormorant fishing demonstration.
The view from the Dragon Bridge and the Yulong River is spectacular; this place is so relaxing and makes you smile so calmly. Anywhere you look you see the beautiful karst mountains. Visiting the river is best at sunset time, when colors make this place romantic and magical with the beautiful surrounding reflections on the river. Don’t miss!
At night we went to see the Yangshuo Impression Show. It was a show where the stage is the river and the background were the natural sites that surround this beautiful and scenic place. The lighting effects were fantastic including the costumes and so many participants. I recommend you to go and see the impression show. We were really impressed and enjoyed it.
In Yangshuo we stayed 4 nights in the countryside at Yangshuo Outside Inn hostel. The hostel is quite isolated, you need to book a car to ride you to the main area of Yangshuo, or you can ride by bicycle for 15 minutes. In general it was a nice hostel.
Our rating for Outside Inn hostel is 7 out of 10.
The atmosphere in Yangshuo is great, a lot of authentic countryside and many precious places to relax in. On first day we rented bicycles and climbed to the Moon Hill. From the viewpoint you can see the dramatic beautiful landscape of Yangshuo (after 45 minutes of climbing).
The next day we rented electric bikes, which were really fun to drive around Yangshuo without even knowing where we’re driving to. it’s fun to get lost in such a beautiful place. (= Remember to be careful when driving the main road.
In our last morning at Yangshuo we started travel by foot next to the Yulong River. In the afternoon we took one hour bus drive from Yangshuo to Guilin. We stayed in Guilin for the night. We loved Yangshuo so much; this is one of the most beautiful places in China.
Our rating for Yangshuo is 10 out of 10!